Top six looms for Norwich City...but old foes Charlton stand in their way
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Tonight could be the night.
The travelling 2,200 City fans will be hoping tonight is the night they see their side break into the top six.
If results go their way Norwich could leapfrog Watford into sixth place and be just a point behind Ipswich Town. The derby looks like it is going to take on added significance at the start of next month with both sides vying for promotion.
On paper, City should do their part. Charlton have not won in their last 12 Championship matches, replacing Bob Peeters with Guy Luzon during this period as they slipped into a relegation battle.
Meanwhile, Norwich are heading in the right direction under Alex Neil, allying a defensive stubbornness alongside a cutting edge since the sobering defeat to Brentford at Carrrow Road.
But it's Charlton. It would be remiss to call them a bogey side – we all know that tag belongs to Fulham – but the Addicks have certainly played a significant part in Norwich's recent history…and not always a good part.
Defeat to Charlton proved to be the end for Glenn Roeder's reign – Darren Ambrose's sixth-minute goal saw the Canaries tumble out of the FA Cup in a third round replay.
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Not content with adding to Norwich's cup woes the south London side were also responsible for possibly the lowest ebb in the club's history a few months later as Bryan Gunn's men were beaten 4-2 at the Valley confirming City's relegation to League One.
Fast forward 11 months and scenes of desolation were transformed into jubilation at Charlton as Michael Nelson's header ensured City bounced back into the Championship at the first opportunity.
The spell had been broken…or so we all thought.
Only City will know how they lost to Charlton earlier this season in one of the most one-sided Championship contests you are likely to see. But Johnnie Jackson's late goal started a home malaise that went a long way to costing Neil Adams his job.
City midfielder, Alex Tettey, who is likely to return to the starting line-up after missing the win over Blackpool, confirmed the players are keen on exacting revenge this evening.
If they are successful, and break into the top six, then City could take some shifting.
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